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Charles Tillman suffered "extreme dizziness" at Minnesota

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Charles Tillman said that he experienced "extreme dizziness'' when he was hit in the back of the helmet in Sunday's loss at Minnesota.

That is what led the Bears to say he suffered a mild concussion. Tillman returned to the practice field this afternoon at Halas Hall and had full participation, making him likely to start Sunday's game vs. St. Louis unless there is an unforeseen setback.

"Really, it was just a hard hit to the back of my head, a big bump,'' he said. "I saw like a bright flash, dizziness more than anything. I was completely conscious. I knew what was going on the whole time. Just more less just dizziness. I was completely aware of my surroundings. I knew I was in Minnesota. I knew I was in the Metrodome. I knew I was in a football game."

The NFL released new guidelines for players returning to action from concussions on Wednesday, and Tillman passed all the levels of tests. Concussions have been at the forefront for the league, which had to appear on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee in late October. Quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Ben Roethlisberger sat out with concussions last week. Running backs Clinton Portis and Brian Westbrook have been sidelined. Running back Jamal Lewis was placed on inured reserve on Wednesday with post-concussion symptoms.

"I think it is a serious matter,'' Tillman said. "For whatever reason, I don't know what the hell is going on. This happens to the injury of this season. Next year it might be feet or toes or arms of fingers, I don't know. But for whatever reason, this is the injury of the NFL this year. But I think I'm going to be all right. I'm concerned about my health, but I'm not concerned that it will affect me in any way down the line.

"I felt like I could go back in. But the doctors were like, 'No, we're going to hold you out.' I respect their decision. They've got 13, 15, 20 years of school. I've only got three and a half, so I'm good."

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I believe Lovie experienced "extreme dizziness" too as he watched the Vikes offense go up and down the field on HIS defense.

I understand it was Tommie Harris who hit him. Probably the best hit he's delivered all year. Only next time he might want to avoid the guys with "C" on their helmets.

Seriously, Peanut is still one of the best players and a good guy. Hate to see him miss any action and I sure hope he plays on Sunday. I mean, it's possible the Bears may lose to St. Loo anyway, but losing Tillman would be harsh.

I really don't think the dizziness was from a hit. I think it was from Lovie's pre-game speech to the team. He certainly makes everyone watching his interviews and post game apologizes dizzy. It the same stuff over and over and over again. Because these speeches just keep going in circles it makes everyone dizzy and now it it affecting the players also.

THE BEARS SHOULD WIN THIS GAME SUNDAY VS. THE LAME RAMS!
THEY ALSO CAN WIN THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON VS. DETROIT!
THE OTHER ONE'S WE MUST PRAY AND PRAY VERY HARD FOR VICTORIES!
GREENBAY, MINNESOTA AND BALTIMORE!

I bet he's not "dizzy" when he cashes his paycheck!! This whole team ought to be in jail for robbery. "Money for nothing and chicks for free!" They should get paid on Monday after the game film is reviewed! You do your job, you get paid, if not, sorry! They'd all be poor!

Why are they not considering preserving Tillman's career by playing him at safety? Perhaps free safety? He is the most accomplished and instinctive, and his "ball stripping skills" would be better positioned. If the so-caled Tampa 2 needs q quality safety as a component for success, then move your best DB to safety.

I thought a good defensive coordinator was the most important position for a defense.

Oops, missed on that one too.

Well, at least we have one out of three (a good corner).

Maybe the band, Meatloaf, can release a new song, "One Outta Three Ain't Bad" and it can become the new theme song for the Bears D.

Tripper, there are guys on D who are stealing from the Bears, but Tillman is not one of them. He's a good player, a good teammate and he always comes to play. He's what you call a keeper. Let's not lump everyone together. The Bears have some quality defenders and Peanut is one of them.

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